This afternoon, the girls’ basketball team routed Kew-Forest, 72-20, to finish the season 11-1 and clinch at least a share of the PSAA East Division regular season championship, their first league crown since 2013. If Portledge beats Martin Luther on Friday, the Panthers will also earn a piece of the title. The win also earned the Bears the #1 seed in next week’s playoffs thanks to a coin flip at the PSAA winter meeting.
The Bears wasted little time in grabbing control of the game as they scored on their first four possessions thanks to a pair of fastbreak layups and a 3-pointer from Niamh Scanlon and a jumper from Liz Robbins. A Robbins layup pushed the lead to 11-0 before the Jaguars ended the run with a free throw, but that would be their only point of the quarter as the Bear defense bit down. The Blue & White recorded nine steals (six from Beth Felix) and four blocks in the frame to stymie Kew while the offense glutted on transition layups and putbacks to take a 27-1 lead after one quarter. Scanlon led the way with 10 in the period while Wura Obasanjo and Sarah Hull dominated the boards.
Lulu Ota opened the second quarter with a steal and score and Scanlon and Nadia Hall followed with layups as the Bear lead swelled to 33-1. Kew ended a 22-0 run with their first field goal of the game at the 3:22 mark, but the Bears carried a 41-5 lead into the break. Hall was the catalyst on both ends in the quarter, scoring eight and notching three steals while proving to be a terror on the glass.
Scanlon scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Bears pushed the lead to 61-10, then dropped nine more in the fourth to cap a career night with 31 points, just a shade under her brother Seamus’ record of 33 which he set on Saturday in an 81-72 win over Christian Heritage (CT). Felix (17), Hall (8), Robbins (6), Obasanjo (6), Bekah Detwiler (4), Hull (2), Mercedes Alvarez (2), and Ota (2) rounded out the scoring for the Brook.
The Bears move on to the PSAA playoffs and host the winner of #2 Avenues/#3 Our Savior on Tuesday Feb. 12 @ 6:30pm.
- This is the 13 league title in girls’ basketball history to go along with crowns in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013.
- This is the Bears’ seventh PSAA Championship of the 2018-19 school year. Portledge is the next closest with three.